Aspinal, Robert

Aspinal, Robert An English Congregational minister, was born at Darwen, Lancashire, Jan. 28, 1801. In early life he became a Christian, and united with the Church at Lower Chapel, Darwen. He directed his attention towards the ministry, and began to preach before he was sixteen years of age. He entered the academy at Idle in September, 1817, where he remained four years and a half, His first charge was at Grassington, a mining village in the mountains of Craven, and he was ordained in the summer of 1822. .In May, 1825, he took the oversight of the Church at Bethel Chapel, Bury. In 1831 he received and accepted a call from the independent Church at Colne, where he removed in September. He devoted himself assiduously to the work here, preaching three times on Sunday, and during the week in the neighboring villages. He died Jan. 19,.1856. He was retiring in disposition, labored principally among his own people, and did much spiritual good. "His sermons carefully prepared, rich in evangelical truth and scriptural illustration, practical in tendency and affectionate in spirit-could not fail to be instructive and edifying to the devout hearer." See (Lond.) Cong. Year- book, 1857, p. 165, 166.

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